In 2010 and 2011, students from Temple University collaborated with
Westampton Township and the local community in a public archaeology program to excavate the 12x16 foot
house of William Davis, a Civil War U.S.C.T (United States Colored
Troops) veteran and resident of Timbuctoo in the late 19th and early
20th centuries. Thousands of artifacts were recovered that have
provided great insight into the lives of the residents of Timbuctoo
during that time.
This year at Timbuctoo, we are looking again to involve the public in the excavation process. The collaboration also extends to include the University of Maryland, College Park as we
conduct a series of tests to determine where other structures in the
community may have stood, along with associated features such as
privies. The goal is to gain a good understanding of how the community
was laid out during its occupation in the 19th and 20th centuries, and what the lives of the people of Timbuctoo were like by looking at the material culture that they used on a daily basis.
Dates: June 10 - 29, Monday-Friday Time: 9:00-4:00 Place:
Church Street off of Rancocas Rd. in Mount Holly, NJ (see map for
details, and feel free to contact us for detailed directions.